1. IKR-CKI shall operate on the basis of a hierarchy of grading consisting of four levels of grading authority, namely:
(i) national-level grades awarded or confirmed by the senior Dan-grade leaders of its member organizations,
(ii) the IKR Certificate and IKR Diploma, awarded on application, in recognition of attainment of Dan grades outside the Chidokai tradition,
(iii) the IKR Chidokai Diploma,
(iv) the JKC Diploma.
International diplomas and certificates issued by other global karate federations shall normally be recognized only as confirmation of grades already certified at national level, typically in the consideration of applications for the IKR Certificate or Diploma.
2. The IKR Chidokai Diploma and the JKC Diploma shall be understood jointly to represent integral components of full Chidokai grade certification, with the latter being awarded in recognition of sustained dedication to upholding the standards certified by the former.
3. The IKR Certificate or Diploma, the IKR Chidokai Diploma and the JKC Diploma shall be available to qualified Dan-grade members of IKR-CKI affiliates, on application by the senior Dan-grade leaders of their respective organizations, ... (further details and specific requirements will be communicated on request)